Questions we get asked a lot from people that have the Oily Skin Type is, "Do we have to moisturize if we have oily skin", or "Why do we have to moisturize if we have oily skin?"
You HAVE TO moisturize even when you have oily skin and here's WHY:
Let's start with WHY you have oily skin. Oily skin is a result of overactive sebaceous (oil) glands producing oil in the skin. Hot and humid climates tend to exacerbate oil gland secretion and that's why you may tend to have a more shiny appearance when it gets hotter. Oily skin can be made worse with the misuse of skincare products. For example, a lot of people tend to treat oily skin by using harsh face washes, astringent or scrubs to dry out their skin but this only makes it worse as you disrupt the barrier function of the skin by dehydrating skin or allowing water to evaporate.
Oily skin does not mean HYDRATED skin. When oily skin is hydrated well it does not give the feeling of dryness. However when your skin is oily and you still feel parts of your skin are dry, this characterizes a water deficiency or dehydration. This could be caused as a result of not drinking a lot of water or using harsh dry products that can cause rough, scaly, dry patches. Please Note: Oiliness comes from the oil glands and moisture from the intercellular channels.
So How Do You Care For Oily Skin?
Oily Skin requires a gentle yet thorough cleansing, morning and night, with oil-free moisturizing gels or lotions to help skin maintain its suppleness and moisture. You could also incorporate products that tend to help regulate oil glands. Exfoliators that also provide moisture to skin such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), found in our Hydrating Rose Petal Face Mist, or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), or weekly enzyme peels are highly recommended. These products help improve the look and texture of skin by reducing oiliness and pore size and normalizing exfoliation rates. When properly cared for this is the preferred skin type to have since the aging process gets delayed.